Pope Francis’ new vision for the Church

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Pope Francis is challenging church leaders to shift their focus back to the poor. In the first major document he’s written since becoming pontiff, Pope Francis writes:

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”

That’s basically a call for leaders to get their shoes muddy and get involved in the lives of their parishioners, rather than spending too much time parsing church doctrine. CNN Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen has more.

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One of the most powerful images of Pope Francis’ papacy is his embrace of a severely disfigured man. It has become a symbol of the pontiff’s compassion for all people, and it changed the life of the man he hugged. Ben Wedeman has his story.

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